United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) upsc notes
Indian-origin British satellite expert appointed as director
Aarti Holla-Maini appointed as director
Indian-origin British satellite industry expert
Appointed by UN secretary general
Bachelor’s degree in law with German law, King’s College London
Master’s degree in business administration, HEC Paris
18 years as secretary-general, Global Satellite Operators Association
25 years in aerospace industry
Role of executive vice-president, sustainability, policy and impact, NorthStar Earth & Space
Established in 1958
HQ: Vienna, Austria
Objective: help all countries leverage benefits of space for sustainable development
Structure of UNOOSA
Headed by a director
Five sections
Office of the Director (OD)
Coordinates strategic direction and operational priorities
Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section (CPLA)
Provides substantive, secretariat, organisational and administrative support
Space Applications Section (SAS)
Implements UN Programme on Space Applications
UN Platform for Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)
Leverages space data for disaster risk reduction
Executive Secretariat of International Committee on GNSS (ICG)
Brings together all GNSS providers
Functions of UNOOSA
Helps build capacity in space sector
Use of space data for disaster management
Increase understanding of international space law
Supports transparency in space activities
Promotes sustainable development through space
Devises solutions for international space challenges

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